The crisis in the southern part of Kaduna has pitched the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, against the Niger Delta
– The IYC is asking the world to hold the governor responsible for anything that happens to Niger Delta indigenes
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has asked the world to hold Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state responsible for any attack on indigenes of Niger Delta.
The IYC made this in a statement to react to the governor’s allegation that some Niger Delta militants were hired to cause mayhem in Southern Kaduna which has been in turmoil for many months.
A resurgence of the conflict during the yuletide resulted in the death of some residents and destruction of properties. Security agencies have since been drafted to the affected areas of the state.
The IYC, through its spokesperson, Eric Omare, said El-Rufai’s alleged statement is capable of turning the north against Niger Deltans.
The Ijaw group said: “This statement is reckless and highly condemnable. Mallam El-Rufai having failed in his duty to protect the lives and properties of the people of southern Kaduna should not use innocent Niger Deltans as scapegoats.
“Niger Deltans have no business going all the way to Kaduna or any part of Nigeria to attack Nigerians.
“We call on Nigerians and the security agencies to hold Governor El-Rufai responsible for any attack on Niger Deltans in the north as a result of his irresponsible statement.
“The Fulani herdsmen who El-Rufai paid for killing people are well known to the world, hence Niger Deltans should not be linked under any circumstances to the unwarranted killings going on in southern Kaduna.
“We also call the federal government to as a matter of urgency bring the killings in southern Kaduna to a stop and bring the perpetrators to justice including Governor El-Rufai.”